Why did Jesus live?


Unit 3: The Resurrection of Jesus in the Gospels

Welcome to the third unit in our course on the mission of Jesus. In this unit we will study the resurrection of Jesus, the most miraculous event in all of human history. Once again we will depend on the canonical Gospels in the New Testament as our primary sources for information on this climactic event in the life and ministry of Jesus.

The Apostle Paul in his first letter to the church in Corinth describes the miracle of the resurrection of Jesus as follows:
“When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’”
(1 Corinthians 15:54-55 ESV)

In relation to our course question, “Why did Jesus live?” we can consider this: Jesus Christ lived so he could die and be resurrected. Please keep this in mind as you review the materials and teachings in this unit.

There are eight sections in this third unit of the course:

  1. Unit introduction
  2. The resurrection power of Jesus
  3. The resurrection of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel
  4. The resurrection of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel
  5. The resurrection of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel
  6. The resurrection of Jesus in John’s Gospel
  7. Where did Jesus rise from the dead?
  8. The resurrection proven

As in the previous sections, do make sure to have your Bible and a notebook ready. Make sure to take good notes as well as record any further insights that you might gather from your study.

Learning occurs when we are no longer afraid to ask any question of the text. The early church fathers often proclaimed that
when we read the Bible, the sacred text reads us as well. Be ready to record the questions that the Bible asks of you.